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Assessing Challenges Among University Undergraduates: A Case of Universiti Sains Malaysia

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The purpose of this study is to assess challenges faced by Malaysian university students in four aspects, namely, academics, personal, social and career as well as university’s infrastructure. 237 second year students from a local public university provide responses for this study. A 30-item questionnaire based on Mooney Problem Check List was developed to gauge the responses. Results show that academic challenges are the most pressing (M = 2.66, SD = .458) followed by social and career challenges (M = 2.65, SD = .473) and university’s infrastructure (M = 2.30, SD = .279). The students also acknowledge that they have less personal challenges (M = 2.22, SD = .411). While most of the challenges are also documented by other previous studies, the present study is able to unearth some new challenges for the undergraduates.
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Keywords: Malaysia; Undergraduates; University Challenges

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Educational Studies, 11800 Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia 2: Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, 3590 Behrang Ulu, Perak, Malaysia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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